I have this dilemma. I love to encourage my kids, but they don’t like cutesy stuff for “little kids” and “babies” anymore. Even my youngest are tweens now! Lunch box notes for tweens need to be a tad bit more sophisticated and less cartoony. My kids would probably even like most of these lunch box notes for spouses.
Lunch box notes are small cards with encouraging and uplifting messages for the recipient. Lunch box notes are slipped into your child’s lunch or your spouse’s lunch tucked away for them to discover while you are apart. The idea is to affirm your child or spouse so that they know how precious they are to you and to God and as a vital part of your family. You can also tuck our printable lunch box notes for tweens into a backpack or suitcase or gym bag — anywhere they are likely to discover it during the busy day. It will be a fun surprise!
Tweens are in that stage of life where things are weird and sometimes they crave the things they loved in earlier days and sometimes they want to be treated like they are all grown up. It’s an odd balancing act for parents and a really difficult time in the child’s life. It’s also the perfect time to find notes to put in a child’s lunch box and bring a smile to their face on what could be a really hard day.
Tips for Using our Free Printable Lunch Box Notes for Tweens
- Download our free file, and print out as many copies as you like for personal use.
- Use card stock to help the lunch box notes hold up better. Regular paper is ok, but not as durable.
- Cut the lunch box notes apart using a personal paper trimmer or scissors. Add a heart or a signature in ink if you like.
- Put them in baggies with each child’s name on the bag, so you don’t use the same note twice for the same child. Save the file to pull out and print again in a couple months though!
- Add a small set of markers or colored pencils to your tween’s lunch box – these notes are also little mini coloring pages and can help relieve stress!
- Attach the lunch box note to one of your child’s food items to make sure she sees it before it ends up in the trash!
You could print them on full sheet sticker paper to make them part of the food wrap, or you can attach them with double-sided tape or maybe even washi tape for extra flare. You can also hole punch our lunch box notes for tweens, and use twine or ribbon to tie the note around a bag of food to seal it. That gives it double duty!
Six Reasons You Should Use Lunch Box Notes for Tweens
- A note from Mom is a jolt of energy on a long day.
- It might be the only time your child smiles all day, especially if it is junior high.
- Your child might act like the notes are silly or stupid, but they will remember them with fondness as adults.
- Words of affirmation are powerful in a child’s character formation.
- Your kindness will strengthen the bond between you and your child.
- Your child can pass the note along to a friend having a rough day.
A note from Mom or Dad is a virtual hug in the middle of a long day at school. Download our lunch box notes for tweens by clicking the link. You will need to have pop-ups enabled for this link to work.